#wellynextdoor recording caravan

We want to share the stories of everyday Wellingtonians. We regularly set up our #wellynextdoor caravan to record these stories - then make them available for all to hear.

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Share a story in our recording caravan

We regularly set up a free recording booth in our yellow caravan with the aim of sharing the stories of everyday Wellingtonians.

The stories are then uploaded to #wellynextdoor, before a link to your recording is emailed to you.

Everyone has a story to share!

We all know someone with a story worth sharing – this is your opportunity to interview your friends and family to give them a chance to express it.

Listen to our stories

You can check out all of the stories from our recording caravan on #wellynextdoor

Angela Rampton and Anna-Marie Miller share stories in the #wellynextdoor recording caravan, which is decorated with yellow pillows and hand drawn art.

Angela and Anna-Marie share stories in the #wellynextdoor recording caravan

Interview tips

To begin, introduce yourself and the person you are interviewing, and tell us what your relationship is.

Questions to get you started

Don't know what to ask? Here are some suggestions:

  • Tell me about one of your happiest memories
  • What is one of your greatest accomplishments?
  • Can you tell me about one of the most difficult moments in your life?
  • Who is someone who has had a big influence on you in your life? Why?
  • What would your last words be? What would you want to say to me?

At the end of the interview, you could also briefly share your own memories and experiences of this person. Our belief is that no story is too small to be heard and that everyone has a story to tell.

Our campaign has been inspired by similar initiatives from around the world, notably the U.S. project StoryCorps and The Listening Project from the U.K.

Three women wearing yellow #wellynextdoor shirts stand with the 'peg up your story' board in Civic Square.

Our #wellynextdoor 'peg up your stories' board in Civic Square

#wellynextdoor 2015 campaign

This year's campaign was designed by a group of 10 Massey University Design students.

We asked Wellingtonians to share their neighbourly experiences on yellow postcards, these were then shared online.

The best stories were made into hand animated videos and uploaded to our YouTube channel.

Watch the first #wellynextdoor story: